Jeff Medkeff , Sep 01, 2005; 10:20 a.m.
You probably won't see many bears. I'm not sure what you mean by "everything" in Alaska being shut down in March; in Anchorage, March is the end of wintertime, and there are a lot of winter sports events going on, plenty of ski trails are open, you have a chance at the aurora even though it will be getting light, and you can indeed drive around and visit various cities all year round. There are some great late-winter hikes in the area. Things like fishing, wildlife cruises, and the usual tourist fare are, of course, mostly not available.